Clearwater’s Best Charter Fishing Guide

Since 1997 Skinny Water Charters has been Clearwater, IRB (Indian Rocks Beach) & Tampa Bay’s top flats fishing charter guide.

Located at 200 Seminole St. Clearwater 33755

Flats Fishing Charter Guide | Tampa Bay, Clearwater, Tarpon Springs

Skinny Water Charters and Capt’ Craig Lahr have been leading the pack with some of the Clearwater areas absolute best flats fishing. Ready to have the fishing adventure of a lifetime? Look no further. From catching huge tarpon in the backwaters to reeling beautiful snook on the grass flats, Skinny Water Charters has you covered!

Recent Reviews

Skinny Water Charters Inshore Fishing of Indian Rocks Beach (IRB) and Clearwater, FL

“I told Craig I wanted to go catching not fishing and that’s what we did! About 25 fish in 4 hours. Fantastic guide. He knows everything there is to know about fishing and the environment. Even saw porpoises, a bull shark, and a family of manatee. I wish I could go again tomorrow!”
– EB8470 (Google Nickname)
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“Had a great trip with Captain Craig of Skinny Water Charters.
A lot of great fish. Trout, Red Fish, Grass Grouper and a nice bonnet head for fun. Quality gear, plenty of live bait and an expert guide. Couldn’t ask for more.”
Mason Rupert, Google Local guide
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Clearwater to IRB (Indian Rocks Beach) Inshore & Flats Fishing Updates

By Skinny Water Charters boat captain and fishing report author, Captain’ Craig Lahr.

**Updated Weekly**

Why Choose Skinny Water Charters?

Flats Fishing Charter Pro

From the shallow grass flats fishing to the bays, our flats fishing charters are among the best in the area. Our flats charters include taking one to four persons to areas such as the grass flats, nearshore, backwaters and bays along Clearwater & Tarpon Springs and even into the Tampa Bay. Our flats fishing experiences include casting with artificial or live bait along with traditional & fly fishing. Expect to catch snook, redfish, tarpon, mackerel, shark, cobia, thredfin, shark & more.

A True Fishing Guide | Clearwater

What’s the difference between a clearwater fishing guide & a charter captain? Anyone can go out and pass a test to get a Captains license. However, not everyone is truly considered a ‘guide’. A is someone who truly knows how to fish the area. From having the right equipment, boat, waterway knowledge to knowing what is biting on a summers morn vs. a winters eve and what bait to use in each scenario. Captain Craig Lahr of Skinny Water Charters is a true, ‘Clearwater Fishing Guide’.

Best Guide/Charter Boat in Clearwater

“I’ve been in the fishing business for 38 years of those, 23 as a full-time guide. This experience, in my eyes makes me one of the best charter boat captains in the Clearwater / Tampa Bay area. From 1982 thru 1995 I worked with several different captains on many different vessels. Each of which were the best at their craft.” Capt’ Craig Lahr, Skinny Water Charters
Click here to learn more what makes Capt’ Craig & Skinny Water Charters the best in the biz.

We know these flats better than any other charter boat around so if your really want to get on the fish, and have the charter fishing adventure of a lifetime without breaking the bank to go offshore, book your charter today with Capt’ Craig Lahr & Skinny Water Charters.


We offer competitive rates for our flats boat charter fishing service.
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From “how many fish can we take home” to “what size charter boat do you use”, our FAQs page has it all.

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Skinny Water Charters

Clearwater & The Tampa Bay Area’s Premier Fishing Charter Boat

Skinny Water Charters has been putting smiles on their guests’ faces since 1997! Owned and operated by Captain Craig Lahr who loves fishing in the beautiful coastal town of Clearwater FL. This year-round destination offers WEST CENTRAL FL some of the most unique fishing including backcountry fishing, nearshore reef and wreck fishing and a large variety of fish species.

Recent Skinny Water Charter Guest Catches in Clearwater, FL

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What our recent charter boat fishing clients are saying

“Capt Craig will be my go to guy every time I visit the Tampa and Clearwater area. Knowledgeable and works hard to make sure you have a great trip.

Shared some of his 25 plus years tips and secrets. Showed us a few knots. Used a couple different techniques to make sure we all caught fish. Even cleaned the fish and recommended an inexpensive restaurant to cook them for us.”

Orrie Tucker

“Spent half day fishing with Captain Craig. He was great with my 8 yr old grandson. He was well prepared and knowledgeable. Made it for a great time.”

Rick Bibeau

Hey Captain Craig, thanks again for bringing us on that awesome charter on Thursday. It was the most tarpon action I’ve seen in one day. I hope we get to go on another charter with You and Justin next summer. Thanks Alot!”

Kyle R.

“I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed fishing with you and Justin… Thanks, again, for an incredible morning on the water.”

Jack Walsh

“Keep up the good work and thanks for putting us on the fish!”

Eric & John Anderson, SC

Thanks for a wonderful two days of fishing last week. The Tarpon was incredible. I know some folks up in KY that are excited about the fish! You should be hearing about another trip soon!”

Mark Woolum


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Butch and Dan from Saint Augustine flat tore up the redfish bunch of trout and a few small Snook.
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Pete from new Jersey and his dad took it to the redfish prefront on small grass grunts under a cajun thunder. #fishing #15redfish #BC201 #penn #lowrance #minnkotaipilot ... See MoreSee Less

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Tuf start to the morning. First controller goes out for the ipilot fortunately Zach at Wet lines bait & tackle had his in his boat bait was horrible. But managed to catch some nice redfish with Kurt also a 50 lb Southern sting Ray and lost an 8 foot bull shark. #clearwaterfl #mercurymarine #BC201 #penn #lowrance #minnkotaipilot ... See MoreSee Less

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Skinny Water Charters & Captain Craig Lahr

Inshore fishing report for Clearwater, Fl (May 2019)

Inshore fishing report for Clearwater, Fl (May 2019)

They're here! Tarpon made themselves known today as we found several schools migrating from north to south. This type of Tarpon movement is typical for the month of May. Patience is definitely the key to hooking these beautiful fish. Getting out early in your local...

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Ultimate Guide for Clearwater & Tampa Bay Inshore Fishing

Ultimate Guide for Clearwater & Tampa Bay Inshore Fishing

    If you're wondering where cast your reel to get on the fish you've come to the right place. In this article we will be covering everything from what's biting during the different seasons, the best bait to use, where to find the fish and even most...

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Clearwater Flats Fishing Conditions

Clearwater Flats Fishing Conditions

Perfect temps for fishing the flats in Clearwater, Fl With the recent cold fronts, the water has chilled to the perfect temperature for clearwater flats fishing. With the water in the low 60's, the fishing has still been hit and miss. Redfish are in good number on the...

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Best Guide & Charter Boat in Clearwater / Tampa

Best Guide & Charter Boat in Clearwater / Tampa

Experience may not make you the best, but it's it's certainly at the base of all great fishing captains If you ask most captains they would say they are the best at their craft. Myself? I’ve been in the fishing business for 38 years of those, 23 as a full-time guide....

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How do cold fronts effect fishing in the Clearwater Pinellas area?

How do cold fronts effect fishing in the Clearwater Pinellas area?

Early 2019 Weather Effects on FishingWeather has been consistent lately, consistently crazy. Ups and downs in temperature and barometric pressure can either make fish chew or shut down a bite. The high pressure side of the barometer can slow things, but incoming...

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Best areas for fall fishing 2018 for inshore fishing; Clearwater

Best areas for fall fishing 2018 for inshore fishing; Clearwater

The flats and oyster-bars have been very productive with nice trout and lots of Clearwater  redfish of all sizes. Proper bait makes difference from the flats to the shallows With the water temps staying consistent, fish are moving from deeper edges of the flats to...

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